OUR STORY

Grace Berbig

How Letters of Love Began

A message from our Founder & President, Grace Berbig

Hello! My name is Grace Berbig, I am the Founder & President of Letters of Love- an International 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization that provides emotional support for patients in Children’s Hospitals across the world.

 

First of all, I want to thank you (yes you!) for supporting my organization. Letters of Love means the absolute world to me, and I cannot explain how deeply grateful I am for all of the support we have received, and for each wonderful person that is a part of our growing family. Thank you for being a part of the team who fights to put smiles on the faces of children who are fighting a battle that no kid ever should.

 

Lots of people ask what inspired me to start Letters of Love. My answer, in short, is my mom. She is, and forever will be, to thank for every accomplishment Letters of Love has made and will continue making. When I was about eight years old, my mom was diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer located in the blood. Of course at such a young age I had no idea what cancer was, or why my mom was suddenly living in the hospital.

 

I did know, however, that I was going to make sure she knew that even though my family and I couldn’t be there with her, we were always thinking of her, supporting her, and loving her every second of her journey. Almost every day, my two little sisters and I would make piles of cards to plaster on my moms bland hospital walls, filling them with love and support.

 

She always loved those notes and cards more than anything, and my sisters and I loved making them. When I was ten, my beautiful, strong, brave mother lost her battle with cancer. After she passed away, I vowed to myself that I would devote my life to helping people who were fighting battles similar to my mom. I was inspired to create good and help people who are going through something similar as my mom did, and it has become my dream and passion to give back and change the world with kindness. 

My junior year of high school, I decided I wanted there to be a way for everyone to be able to make a difference without having to worry about their personal financial situation; a way for young people to help without having to worry about money. In October of 2018, I got the idea to start a club where students have the opportunity to emotionally support children battling cancer and other serious illnesses. Students could come and make cards, tie-blankets, friendship bracelets, and other support items for patients at the Children’s Hospital of Minnesota.

 

I officially began Letters of Love as a club in October 2018 at Orono High School. Since then, we have grown more than I ever could have imagined. We now donate to over ten hospitals, have over 25 high schools across the nation actively participating in Letters of Love and upcoming branches in Greece, Italy, and Mexico.

There are now over 1,000 Letters of Love members across the world, spreading positivity and kindness one card and a time. I am so proud to say that Letters of Love has had the honor of providing emotional support to over 60,000 patients in Children’s Hospitals around the world. I am so thrilled to see how far this organization goes, as we continue to work towards our goal of providing emotional support for each and every patient in every Children’s Hospital across the world.

Meet the Team

Hear about how they fell in love with Letters of Love

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Club Liaison & Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Positive Press

Maggie Klaers

"I fell in love with the idea behind Letters of Love instantly, so when I was a senior in high school I decided to start a branch of it with my friends. Since then, it has been so incredibly uplifting to see the support we've gotten and how much excited teenagers get to help out. I have loved every second of my time with Letters of Love and was honored when Grace offered me a position in the non-profit. I am beyond excited to be a part of the LOL family and look forward to having a front row view of the amazing things that we will accomplish."

Maggie is a Biology and Visual Communications Design major at the University of Notre Dame.

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Leo Kelley

Chief Financial Officer

"I initially got involved with Letters of Love when Grace Berbig offered me a position as the treasurer. After getting to know Grace and what Letters of Love is all about, it was an opportunity I simply could not pass up. I have only been a member of the amazing Letters of Love family for a short while, but even in the last month, it has been a pleasure to help Grace’s dreams and visions for this non-profit seem more than attainable. I am excited to see what new avenues we can try, and I take pride in helping extend the reach of this unbelievable organization."

Leo is a Business Economics major at the University of California San Diego.

MEET THE TEAM

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Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Positive Press

Marta Hill

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Darby Sween

Vice President

"Hi! I’m Darby Sween. I am currently a sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Madison studying marketing and management in the business school. This semester, I helped start a LOL club at Madison, which has been a huge success! I am an original Letters of Love member, back in the very first meeting in Ms. Hudgens art room at Orono High school nearly 4 years ago now. This organization has meant so much to me and been a part of my life in some form constantly for the last four years of my life."

"I love working for Letters of Love because it really embodies the idea that little actions can make a big difference. After all, making a card isn’t complicated or too hard, but it can bring a smile to someone face, and that is priceless. Every project I have been involved in — from the gala, to Positive Press, to helping with a chapter at my high school — has been so much fun and so rewarding. Can’t wait to keep spreading smiles!"

Marta is a journalism major at Northeastern University.

Darby is a marketing and management major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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